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Studies aid researchers in learning more about LGBT community

Want to help chart new territory? Then, perhaps, one of the following studies will help researchers discover more about the LGBT community.

Bisexual men of color
Melanie Brewster is a bisexual graduate student working on her Master’s thesis on the life experiences of bisexual individuals. Bisexuality is an area that is often neglected in academic literature and she is hoping that her project will help to change that. So far she has had good response from the bisexual community, but she wants to make sure that this study is able to speak to the experiences of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and genders. If you identify as a bisexual man (of any race/ethnicity) or a person of color (of any gender), reside in the U.S., and are over 18, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9ZqKCBgYghd1O2HwjiTf6g_3d_3d
For more information, email melanie_brewster@yahoo.com

Lesbian, bisexual women and emotions
Kimberly S. Rowan, M.S., and Kathleen Ingram, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University are conducting a computer-based intervention study aimed at improving biologically-female lesbian and bisexual participants’ abilities to manage their emotions.

The purpose of this research study is to determine whether participation in this researcher-created intervention results in participants reporting more awareness of their emotions, a greater understanding of their emotions and/or the ability to deal with their emotions more successfully.

A consent form must be obtained to be included. Those who participate do so at their own risk, however, counseling resources are available to those who may require it. Minimum age requirement is 18. Confidentiality is maintained according to state and federal laws.
Study subjects must have regular access to a computer, a printer and the internet. A number of activities will be involved in the study. Questionnaires must be completed prior to, during and after completion of the research. Those involved are asked to commit to six weeks or less of participation time in order to complete the self-paced modules (one to three hours per module). Those who do not adhere to the timeline may be excluded from the study and be ineligible to receive up to $20 worth of online Amazon.com gift certificates as a token of the researchers’ appreciation.

For more information, write to the Office for Research, Virginia Commonwealth University, 800 East Leigh St., Suite 113, P.O. Box 980568, Richmond, VA 23298, call 804-827-2157, email kingram@vcu.edu or visit kimrowanstudy.googlepages.com

Well-being
Melinda Goodman, M.S., is a psychology graduate student working on her dissertation on the life experiences and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. The experiences of LGB persons, especially LGB persons of color, are neglected in the academic literature. She hopes that her project will help to change that.

If you identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (of any gender identification), are 18 or older and would like to take the 25-minute anonymous survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=FGfG5KvulmTzJJfK24agXg_3d_3d.
For more information, email ufresearchsurvey@yahoo.com

Culture and Struggles
Emily Bieber a third-year student at Duke University School of Law who is also working on her Master’s in Cultural Anthropology is looking for participants for her thesis project.

Her year-long research is aimed at highlighting the cultural and lived struggles of LGBT individuals who must resort to the legal process to protect their lives, family or career. She is looking for men or women who might be interested in telling their story in an effort to better educate the larger public of the complicated and often tenuous legal status of LGBT lives.

She is currently in the process of interviewing individuals who have sought out legal assistance in a variety of areas, from family law and domestic violence protection to adoption and employment law. Are you someone who has experienced this or are you a practitioner in the area who is working with clients who might be interested in sharing their experiences? In particular, she is looking for individuals who have sought out some level of legal assistance/advice as an LGBT individual, couple or family. From sharing a perspective on the legal status of lesbians and gays in North Carolina to sharing their entire experience with a legal proceeding, any contribution would be invaluable.

Interviews would take place either in person or via telephone, depending on the interviewee’s preference and location. She will supply those who wish to be formally interviewed with a consent form, as well as an agreement that she will maintain their anonymity throughout her research.

For more information, call 413-218-0885 or email Emily.bieber@law.duke.edu.

Youth
The Howard Brown Health Center located in Chicago is looking for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 14-24 to particiate in a confidential online survery exploring the their lives.
Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

To participate, visit www.surveywriter.net/in/survey/survey1019/qi.asp.
For more information, call the Project Director at 773-935-3151, ext. 239 or email amys@howardbrown.org.

Families
A graduate student is currently conducting research on families like hers, same-sex couples who have or want to have children, for her dissertation at Northeastern University in Boston. She is recruiting women for a web survey to gain a better understanding of the legal, social and religious issues facing same-sex couples who want to have or already have children in their families. She hopes this information will encourage better protections for same-sex couples and their children.

The survey will take approximately 30 minutes.
To participate, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=U3xY8Ag9cnJBYos6_2bvhBZw_3d_3d.

For more information, email lesbianmoms@gmail.com.

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